Treasurer-Clerk James O. Cooke, IV
Mr. Cooke was appointed City Treasurer-Clerk by the City Commission in 2012. Prior to his appointment as City Treasurer-Clerk, Mr. Cooke had served as Deputy Treasurer-Clerk for 10 years. Mr. Cooke graduated in 1985 from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting. After completing an internship with Coopers & Lybrand, he received his Master of Accounting degree from Florida State in 1986. He began his professional career as a CPA on the audit staff for Price Waterhouse, in Atlanta, Georgia and continued as an audit manager for BennettThrasher and Co. In 1995, he returned to Tallahassee to work with Williams, Cox, Weidner and Cox (now Carr, Riggs, and Ingram) until joining the City in 2002.
The Treasurer-Clerk manages the City’s asset/liability, records, revenue collection, risk management, and retirement divisions. Over his 15 years in the Office of the Treasurer-Clerk, has guided debt issuances totaling $1.35 billion, and he is responsible for ongoing management of the City’s operating funds as well as the assets of the City’s$1.5 billion pension plan.
In addition to his City responsibilities, Mr. Cooke serves as a member of the Florida State Seminole Boosters Investment Committee and is active at the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, where he has served as chairman of deacons and of the building committee. Other professional affiliations include serving on the board of the Florida Cooperative Liquid Assets Securities System (FLCLASS) and active membership in the Government Finance Officers Association and the Florida Government Finance Officers Association
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